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Linda0623 last won the day on December 21 2015

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    Blood Bank/Donor Services Manager

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  1. Linda0623

    CPK Critical Value??????

    Hi All, Does anyone out there have a critical value for CPK (Creatine Phosphokinase)????? If so, what is your cut off value? We do not currently have a critical value for this test, but our medical director was asked by a specialist to consider a cut off of 2000mg/dL where he considers that a very high abnormal for patients he typically sees. However, we do orthopedic surgery here and do not think this is a good place to start, if we add this at all. Any thoughts would be very appreciated!!!!! Linda
  2. Linda0623

    Gold Medal.

    Absolutely fantastic news and well deserved! Congratulations!!!!
  3. Linda0623

    I'm coming back to Providence!

    Marking my calendar as we speak! It will be awesome to see and hear you lecture again Malcolm! As Kate says, Providence is "just down the road a piece" from Boston
  4. Linda0623


    Hi All, Though i don't have experience with this specific product, it sounds as if it could fall under the same types of products as platelet gel, bone marrow aspirate concentrate etc. Maybe AABB periop folks or the hemovigilance folks would have some ideas?
  5. Linda0623

    Transfusion Safety Officer

    Good Morning- I have attended the UBS course, and have found it extremely valuable. I am a blood bank manager and we do NOT have either a TSO position in our hospital, nor have we a formal blood management program. I used the knowledge I gained to empower transfusion committee to push for several blood management strategies to be implemented, and our organization is realizing great benefits since I attended the class in Sep 2014. We have reduced transfusions by over 50% and are still realizing continued reductions 14 months later. We are predominantly orthopedics based, and after a presentation to our arthroplasty group this past fall, we are in the process of writing/publishing our process improvement project as best practices in orthopedics. The class was comprised of~50% each RN's and Blood Bank supervisors/managers, and there were sessions included to help each background learn/understand each other's roles and what they bring to a TSO position. The rest of the class is very good as well---highly technical and indepth in many subjects despite the actual brevity of the full course. Strong BB, donor collection, and quality tools is helpful as the course does help push you to the next level. My belief is the best background for the TSO'---IF the basis of your program is to also advocate for strong blood management processes to be employed, can be either professional background as long as they are set to colloborate well between BB and various medical disciplines, because without their buy in, the benefits of a trememdous amount of hard work that needs to be put in, may wind up being minimal/unsustainable. Just one colleagues journey--hope it helps and if anyone has more questions on the course or how I used the lessons learned, I'm happy to try to help!
  6. I believe it does, because we actually had the FDA approve our process with the Blood Supplier doing the irradiation before they started performing the task for us :-)----because they do not enter the product into their inventory as a distributable product, only as modified, we retain the responsibility of tracking through final disposition.
  7. Linda0623

    AABB Anaheim

    I will be there----Hopefully achieving my goal to become an AABB assessor for both Blood Bank and Periop activities! :-)----I got accepted into training, the rest is up to me, lol!
  8. In our practice, we ensure BOTH facilities information are on the final label. We collect blood, but do not irradiate on site. So if I need our blood supplier to irradiate a unit that we have collected, our LIS allows us to make the component and enter the modifying facility's ICCBBA/FDA information in the bottom right quadrant of the label, and it is linked in the audit trail of the modification of the product. It also adds the statement "Further Processing By:" preceding the FDA license/registration information. Because we are the collecting facility to which the DIN and collection /FDA registration information is linked, I would think we would be mismatching the origin of the collection if we were to scratch out the information attached to the collecting facility. For cswickard----we use our FEI number as the registration number on our labels, and have had no issue during FDA inspections---and our irradiated labelling has been evaluated by them successfully as well. Hope this helps!
  9. Linda0623

    Sell me on AABB accreditation

    I agree with all of the above, and I will raise one other consideration: I manage a small but vital blood donor center as well as the transfusion medicine service. Therefore, we are also FDA registered. AABB with their advisory groups, etc. are like a translator for the CFR and blood guidances' "legal-ese" that we have to maintain. I will always advocate us to keep AABB accreditation as long as I am involved with donor collections and also with perioperative collections (cell salvage, PRP, BMAC etc.)---I oversee their (surgical services) quality program as well as mine. If you are going to maintain the standards anyway, why not continue with getting the credit for it? As a resource for so many things, especially cost savings through blood management, it DOES pay for itself.....
  10. Thanks to all for responding so far! This will be very helpful to present to nursing. Best, Linda
  11. Question series for you all on Issuing and Bedside Readback information, particularly for patients with antibodies: When issuing to a runner, does the tech issuing blood do a readback of patient and product demographics, blood type, DIN, etc. when they pick up blood?For Patients with antibodies, ( if you issue to runners vs. through pneumatic tube) do you include patient antibodies on the crossmatch tag/label, and if yes, is it part of a readback between the tech issuing and the runner?If you do not perform a readback at issue with the runner or you use the pneumatic tube, is the antibody status, or antigen negative blood requirement verified at the bedside by the transfusionist during the readback prior to the start of transfusion? Our dept of healthcare quality is asking if nursing should be verifying antibodies/antigens at issue/bedside, but we in Blood Bank think that this is outside of nursing/clinician practice and would be difficult to educate and set up training for this skill. Nursing admin has asked me to see what the Blood Banking community is doing as current practice, so I appreciate any practices shared Thanks Linda
  12. We have always issued individual units in plastic biohazard bags---multiples for the OR go in coolers......we've never been cited by the JC for it, but we are entering our window for the next inspection so I too, would be interested in knowing what regulation is cited.
  13. Hi Bev, I still have the factors in Blood Bank, although recently our Transfusion Committee chairmen, when achieving the goal of getting approval for bringing FEIBA in-house, has explicitly stipulated that he wants Pharmacy to handle it...... its an antidote not a blood product....etc.....and so the turf wars begin! (Our pharmacy prefers us to handle them). At any rate, I have a consignment contract through a company called Bio- Care. I believe Tufts and Children's use it as well. I stock our most frequently requested products, Humate-p, advate, novoseven, to name a few, and I can add FEIBA if need be. The Bio Care rep tracks use and inventory, and ships back close dated product herself to forward to a facility that can use it prior to expiration. Pricing is through our Premier contract, and I've never paid for anything a patient didn't use. I have had this contract since 2010, and am quite pleased with the speed to which I can get product when needed. Hope this helps. Linda
  14. Linda0623

    Disaster experiences shared?

    Thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers..... We are strong---BOSTON STRONG! Yes, Cliff and I are BWH'ers (Brigham and Women's Hospital) we had 10 trauma rooms going on Monday evening---an unusual occurrence, to say the least!!!!! ----By day I am Blood Bank at a neighboring Boston hospital, by night I am a Chemistry specialist at BWH. We were on lockdown all day Friday----having SWAT teams in your hospital and State Police manning the doors is still surreal to me, but that is what we endured all week last week and culminating Friday night. We are recovering----but it will be a while before we get back to "normal".......we are so fortunate to have had the resources to absorb the influx of injuries. From First responders to the trauma teams to the ancillary services, we pulled together and saved a lot of people. Here's to hoping that no other city goes through anything like what we just did......thanks again for all your support!

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